Track Your Time on the Computer With Manictime

T.J. Mininday 15-02-2009

track your time betterAs internet usage continues to skyrocket and more people are becoming obsessed with social networks like Facebook or Myspace and video sites such as YouTube, managing your time at work or home is becoming much more of a hot topic.


We are seeing new project management applications popping up all over the web today. This, in order for workplaces to monitor what their employees are doing throughout the day and to make sure that they are using their time more efficiently.

Tools like these can not only be used in the workplace, but also can be used at home in the same manner to track your time better and monitor how your kids spend time on the PC. I’m here today to talk about one of the nicer products that does this in a very nice graphical interface. It’s called Manictime.

Manictime is simply defined as ‘Personal time management software to easily log and track work hours’. It sits in the background of your PC and monitors application activity and how much each application is being utilized.

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I’m guessing most users will have the application launch at start-up and run throughout their work day. As soon as the Manictime launches into your system tray, it begins logging your PC activity, much more accurately then any application as seen before, such as Wakoopa.


As Manictime sits idle in the background eating up no process and not much memory, it will track each and every program you have open at any given time. How long you’ve had them open, what times you’ve had them open, and also how frequently. Along with that you get in-depth logging, which tells your each and every event.

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The end of day displays the real power of Manictime. Here is an example screenshot of the application, after a full day of use.



Along with many different sections in list form, there are also a few different graph options to choose from.

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The product not only clocks all of your working hours for the current day, you can also go back and track as many days as you set your preferences to. This can be handy if you’d like reports for the previous work week or month. With some additional knowledge, you could even add the ability to hide the Manictime icon from users and they’ll never even know that they are being monitored.

Manictime is another great time tracking product in a long line of others. It gets the job done with a simple to use interface with easy to read graphs and charts. Download it, and try it out at work or at home. You’ll have some fun with it for sure.


Manictime is great for monitoring usage times for different programs. If you would like to find out what websites you use most and where do you spend time online check out 5 Tools to Track How Much Time you Waste while Online The 6 Best Time Tracking Software and Apps It's vital to track your time if you want to get the most out of your day. Here are the best time tracking apps you should try. Read More .

Do you have any other great time management products you use to track your time? What do you think of Manictime? Do you think it has any adverse privacy implications if someone secretly places this on someone else’s computer? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. GoosPoos
    November 4, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Actually I'm more concerned with the Privacy thing. Will ManicTime by any means, store this tracked data on servers anywhere. I would like to track my online activity more.

  2. Mike M.
    August 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I have an issue with the memory usage. I am sitting here watching manictime's memory usage and it keeps going up and up and up and up. I mean, it is not that much in total, but does it actually stop?

  3. harry
    May 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

    This is all nice. But wouldn't it make more sense to track time on the things you actually do to achieve your goals?

    You may also check out, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and has time tracking. It's clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try.

  4. Constantinescu
    February 17, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Very usefull application, but where are the data saved ?
    How can i do to take the history with me after reinstalling windows ?

    • T.J. Mininday
      February 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      Do you see the export options within the program?

      • Constantinescu
        February 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm

        The export options .. yes, I dont see the Import button
        (I use the export and I try to play a little with the data in Excel .. but it's really not the same)

  5. ivan
    February 16, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    mac version?????

  6. Hannes
    February 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    could anyone remember this application where you get a bunch of screenshots over the whole day in certain intervals you have set, and in the end you are able to watch a fast forward movie of all your daily activities out of the screenshots. Not sure whether it was posted here on MUO...

  7. T.J. Mininday
    February 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Looks like a great option as well. Thanks for pointing it out Tushar.

  8. phaoloo
    February 16, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Nice tool, I can use it to manage my time. Wakoopa is also good to track computer activities, but Manictime shows more log.

  9. Tushar
    February 15, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    A really good application for monitoring your application and web site usage is RescueTime... Check it out @

  10. Mahmoud
    February 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for the valuable information .

    you said : "With some additional knowledge, you could even add the ability to hide the Manictime icon from users and they’ll never even know that they are being monitored."

    Could you tell me how to do this ?

    Thanks in advance .

    • T.J. Mininday
      February 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm

      There are few ways you can do this. If you wanted to take some time, you can create a service out of the exe, which I'll be writing about this week.

      There are also many apps you can pay for to show/hide system tray icons. I'm still trying to locate the best free app to do this.

      You could also add the following registry hack to hide ALL icons.

      Browse to:

      Right click on Explorer, and then select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value (DWORD Value in Windows XP). Type NoTrayItemsDisplay as its value name. Set the value as 1.

      • Mahmoud
        February 16, 2009 at 8:15 am

        Thanks for your reply :)

        i have found an easy way to hide icons in task bar (without installation of any new program ), form properties of task bar just click on hide inactive icons then click customize and choose always hide for the program you need to hide .

        Thanks again .